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Garden club looking for presentation topics for upcoming meetings.Posted Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at 9:41 PM
Onion seed-head popping open
What might be of interest to me might be way off target for the group in general, so we would like to know what subjects YOU would like to hear discussed. The one catch to this is that if you want to explore the hermaphroditic lifestyle of the Eisenia foetida (red wiggler worm) we would like you to attend the meeting.
Attending means to be here with us, but there are no other requirements. We can put together a basic presentation that is filled with interesting facts and pictures and then "we" share our experiences, knowledge and best of all, ask questions. We will try to keep the subject small enough that we can cover it in 1 hour and have some time to socialize if we want, or not.
If you have expertise in some subject and want to lead the discussion, COME ON DOWN! We would love to welcome you to our group. Don't wear anything formal though, we often come straight from our garden, so the dress code (which we don't have) can be very casual.
Here are some ideas to get the creative ideas flowing: (if you don't know what some of these are, what an opportunity!)
Composting in Middle Tennessee
Vermi-culture (worms) Why would you want to do it and how?
Identifying and amending soils of Middle Tennessee
Test soil for type, organic matter, minerals, nutrients, cation exchange capacity (I just love these big terms?)
Best disease resistant flowers, vegetables, fruits, grass, ....?
Making a water feature, goldfish pond, bog garden
Herbs for Middle Tennessee, growing, drying, oils, cooking
Pushing the limits on plants that are not supposed to grow here
Raised beds, sunken beds, xeriscaping, edible landscaping
Handicapped gardening, Horticultural therapy
Tools, antique, practical, strange, enabling, where to get
Selecting garden placement, plant requirements,
Planting for animals, amphibians, butterflies, birds, etc.
Ornamental plants, flowers, rare, unique, heirloom
Plant swaps, seed swaps, seed saving
Garden insects, good, bad, controlling, encouraging, identifying
Weeds, control, identifying, how do they grow, what do they tell you
Garden photo tours, actual tours, garden photography
Indoor gardening, what can we grow in the winter
OK, OK. I will stop, but I am amazed at how easy it was to build this list. I actually tried to stop a few entries before this end, but I just kept adding something else. How about children, schools, public projects, fertilizer, safe chemical use, canning, freezing ...........
If you don't want to express your ideas in public, write to me. If we have hit all the exact things you would like, great, tell me. In other words, vote for which ones come first
I have to STOP going back to the list. That's it! Talk to us!
By the way Mary, thanks for the plug in the paper.
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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.
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